The prize “Coltellino d’oro” flies overseas for the 41st edition of the Modena Dairy Festival

Yesterday, Monday 9th June, during the Modena Dairy Festival, the Consortium gave the award to Cathy Strange, the American global cheese buyer for the Whole Foods chain, and presented a Plaque of Thanks to the owners of Forever Cheese, the US cheese importer

Modena, 10th June 2014 – The 41st edition of the Modena Dairy Festival, the traditional event for all Parmigiano Reggiano producers, took place yesterday, Monday 9 June, at the Hombre Organic Farm in Modena. This year the Festival is also one of the events celebrating the Consortium's 80th anniversary.  The evening was an opportunity for recognizing cheesemakers and dairies that excelled in the production of Parmigiano Reggiano during 2012, but also for acknowledging individuals for their commitment in making our product and our territory known to the world.

For this reasons, the prize “Coltellino d’oro” was awarded to Cathy Strange, who for years has been expertly selecting Parmigiano Reggiano wheels in our territory as global cheese buyer for Whole Foods, the supermarket chain that has chosen the King of Cheeses as their only cheese in this category. In addition to this business choice, Whole Foods works actively to promote our cheese,  organizing training courses for their store operators, in order to ensure proper management of the product and to enrich the information that workers behind the counter can convey to customers overseas.  No less important than this product culture is the entertainment aspect promoted by Whole Foods, which for some years has been organizing the simultaneous cracking of several Parmigiano Reggiano wheels in its stores in Canada, USA and Great Britain, winning an entry in the Guinness World Records and beating the record three times.

This important acknowledgement to Cathy Strange arises also from the success of the last edition of the event, in March of last year, when the Consortium president, Giuseppe Alai, the president of the Modena section, Aldemiro Bertolini, and the renowned chef Massimo Bottura were present for the simultaneous cracking of 600 wheels. This event also provided the opportunity to show the different ways to use the cheese, thanks to the cooking show hosted the by chef, who presented Parmigiano Reggiano on its own or as an ingredient in different recipes.

A Plaque of Thanks was also awarded to Michele Buster and Pierluigi Sini, owners of the US importing company Forever Cheese, which collaborates with Whole Foods, and to Jeff diMeo, general manager of the Company.